Masch to miss Trabzon tie
Javier Mascherano and Daniel Agger will miss Liverpool's Europa League tie against Trabzonspor.
Last Updated: 18/08/10 4:20pm
Roy Hodgson has reiterated his hope that Javier Mascherano will stay at Liverpool after confirming the midfielder will miss the Europa League tie against Trabzonspor.
Mascherano is looking to quit Liverpool for personal reasons, but the club have yet to receive a suitable offer for the Argentina captain.
However, there had been suggestions that Mascherano could be left out of Thursday's European encounter against Trabzonspor to ensure he was not cup-tied ahead of any potential transfer.
Hodgson admits the 26-year-old will miss the game, but only because he picked up an injury during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal which has also left Mascherano doubtful for next Monday's Premier League game against Manchester City.
"Javier will always be in my plans until the day comes when he leaves the club and for me that will be a long time in the future if I can get my wish," said Hodgson.
"But he's injured at the moment and won't play tomorrow. He came off after about 80 minutes on Sunday with a slight pull in his calf muscles and has only just started to jog today.
"The worry for us is that he won't be fit for Monday."
Hodgson also revealed Daniel Agger will not face Trabzonspor, saying: "Daniel got concussed so he's not doing that well. We're three days after the incident and he's still suffering from concussion and has got no memory of the game.
"We can only hope that it settles down in time for Monday's match with Manchester City. There was never any question he'd be fit for tomorrow."
The injury to Mascherano could lead to Christian Poulsen making his Liverpool debut, although Hodgson admits the Denmark international is not fully fit.
Hodgson continued: "He's in the squad. I haven't picked the team yet, but he's in the squad and there's a chance he'll appear tomorrow.
"We'll only find out when he plays if he's fit. He's only played 20-25 minutes in a friendly match for Juventus.
"He's done a lot of physical training so in that respect he's right up there with the rest of the players, but he hasn't played a lot of football and so is not match fit."